Crimes of the Heart Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Doc has come by to tell Lenny:

2. Babe's story suggests that Lenny broke up with Charlie Hill because:

3. Babe seems to blame their mother's death on:

4. Meg and Babe remember their mother's death differently because:

5. Granddaddy's comment that Zackery was the best man for Babe whether she knew it or not implies:

Short Essay Questions

1. What was Meg's life like in L.A.?

2. Why are Lenny and Babe laughing about Old Granddaddy's stroke?

3. Chick is presented as "too big" for her pantyhose, and her hairstyle threatens to become too big also. What does this bigness suggest about her character?

4. What is Meg's explanation for Zackery's threats?

5. Describe some contradicting facets of Babe's character.

6. In their discussion of the rules for "hearts," the girls remember that hearts are bad, which suggests what?

7. How do Meg and Lenny appear to feel about their father?

8. What might Babe's saxophone represent?

9. Why do Meg, Lenny, and Babe seem to fall into old patterns of behavior around one another?

10. What does Babe's speech about her saxophone reveal about her character?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The three men who appear in the play have all been affected by the Magrath women. Two men have been injured, and one seems to have fallen in love with Babe. Write an essay in which you compare the ways the sisters have affected the men of the play, and describe the message the author emphasizes through these situations.

Essay Topic 2

Consider Henley's use of humor at opportune moments in the play. Then write an essay in which you identify Henley's most successful examples of humor in the text, and discuss the effect these moments have on the author's purpose.

Essay Topic 3

Lee Smith "The biggest myth about Southern women is that we are frail types--fainting on our sofas...nobody where I grew up every acted like that. We were about as fragile as coal trucks." Write an essay in which you defend, refute, or qualify this statement using the text as support for your argument.

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